Sailing themes and America’s Cup

Pierre Frey Panarea Wellington Design Library

In design much inspiration comes from the activities that surround us and in turn design also inspires emotion.

At WDL we think these designs mirror the hope and excitment surrounding America’s Cup – whether you like the billowy sails, the swaying ocean or perhaps those strapping lads at the helm, we hope, like all great design, they’ll strike a chord with you!

(Fabric photographed above: the stunning Pierre Frey Panarea)

Seascape from Warwick wellington library design Anchorage from Unique fabrics wellington design library

Above Seascape from Warwick Fabrics and Anchorage from Unique fabrics

Camengo Regate Wellington Design Library    Duralee Oceanview Wellington Design Library 


Above Camengo Regate and the very colourful Duralee 

Paisley Revival


Paisley has been spotted all over the Spring/Summer 2013 runways and appeared across the catwalk during London Fashion Week.





The distinctive swirling pattern has long and varied history, involving interior furnishings, Scottish shawls, and the swinging sixties. And it all began way out East.


Left: A beautiful linen design titled ‘Raipur’, in colour Grigio, by Brochier. Available through Atelier Textiles










‘Arles’ in Rouge Provencale by Pierre Frey and embroidered ‘Makasar’ by Baker Lifestyle

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Heirloom Paisley’ in Paprika/Leaf by Mulberry Home and ‘Kiraly’ by Designs of the Time

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‘Amasura’ by No. 9 Thompson and ‘Pierrot le Fou’ in colour Spa by Fabricut

Dreaming of a far away land


We’re dreaming of traveling to exotic lands… taking the train, navigating by sea, maps we still get lost with, wandering the streets in a city we can’t speak the language of, and ordering cappuccino senza spuma with just the right amount of difficulty.



‘Compass’ by Unique Fabrics in Ocean and Antique colourways


Get lost in the Underground with ‘Mind the Gap’

by Linwood from Designers International


‘World’  by Hertex Fabrics for Designers International

‘London’ and ‘Trade Routes’ designed by Zoffany

‘Compass’ by Unique Fabrics in Ocean

William Morris



This recent article from the The Times UK newspaper demonstrates the significance of William Morris’ work.
He’s definitely the ‘ man of the moment ‘ …with a comeback happening right now in fashion, and growing demand in Japan.

Click to Morris PDF

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Quilted Pieces


Trending are Quilted pieces and it’s popular throughout the design world used with furniture through to haute couture to hunting gear. We like the idea of combining the motif in luxurious velvet for many interior design applications.



Fashion is a major contributor to break through colour trends.

Think camel, beige, sand, Africa, safari clothes and natural tinted animals adn you begin to get an overview  of how many earth-tones and variations there are.

Beware of the onslaught of military fabrics, wallpapers and accessories.



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